Images of Struggle, Politics and Decoloniality (Marina Gržinić)

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“We are living in this present moment in global capitalism and to understand our position as “privileged Eastern Europeans”, or to understand the functioning of the Institution of Art, it is really necessary to tackle and to ask how global capitalism functions.”
Interview with Marina Gržinić about globalization, Europe, biopolitics, necropolitics and her videos, Naked Freedom and Images of struggle/ Decoloniality.
Ljubljana, May 2011
*Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid are involved in video from 1982. They have collaborated in more than 40 video art projects, they made a short feature 16 mm film and numerous video and media installations; independently they directed several video documentaries and television productions. In 1997 they realized an interactive CD-ROM for ZKM, Karlsruhe. Grzinic and Smid in their almost 3 decades long collaborative engagement presented and exhibited their video works and video installations in more than 100 video festivals in the World and have received several major awards for their video productions. In 2003 a retrospective of their works (1985 – 2003) was held at the Oberhausen International short film festival, Germany. In 2004 a DVD compilation of their works from 1990s until 2003 was realized in Vienna, as part of the project INDEX. http://www.index-dvd.at/de/program/005 In 2006 a book was published in Slovenian language about their work with the title Moments of Decision: The performative, political, and technological, edited by Marina Grzinic and Tanja Velagic, ZAK Publishing Society, Ljubljana. In 2009 a book was published in English language about their work with the title New-Media Technology, Science, and Politics The Video Art of Marina Grzinic and Aina Smid. Edited by Marina Grzinic and Tanja Velagic. Published by Löcker Verlag, Vienna.
Marina Gržinić (1958) is doctor of philosophy and works as researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the ZRC SAZU (Scientific and Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art) in Ljubljana. She also works as a freelance media theorist, art critic and curator. She is Professor at The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Marina Grzinic has published hundreds of articles and essays and several books.
Aina Šmid (1957) is Professor of art history and has been for a long  working  as editor of a design magazine in Ljubljana. At the present she is free lance writer.
From 2010 Gržinić and Smid collaborated with Zvonka Simčič.